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Old 01-20-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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What are some industrial or blue collar suburbs in your area? What is the perception of these communities and besides the industrial nature of the community, what are some other noticable differences between such communities and other suburbs in the area?
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Metro Boston has extended to a lot of older, more run-down mill towns like Fitchburgh, Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, Brockton, and even Fall River, New Bedford, and Worcester (you could throw Lynn into that category I guess).

While some of those towns are revitalizing (Lowell, Haverhill, Worcester and New Bedford) into nice communities (lots of old mills being turned into lofts, renewed interest in the downtown areas, etc), the rest suffer from urban blight and other problems.

Perception tends to lean towards negative of these communities, but not always. The key differences between these towns and other suburbs tends to be population, density, and the age of many of the buildings. Aside from Fitchburg, all of the Industrial towns mentioned have a population of over 60,000 (Many are approaching or exceed 100,000) thus making them much more urban than the other suburbs. The other suburbs tend to have a newer housing stock while the industrial cities still hold on to much of the older stock.

Another difference is income. If you look at Average household income for the industrial communities and the income of the newer 'burbs, the difference is staggering.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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What are some industrial or blue collar suburbs in your area? What is the perception of these communities and besides the industrial nature of the community, what are some other noticable differences between such communities and other suburbs in the area?
Houston's eastern suburbs are very industrialized. Many people who haven't visited Houston, believe there is nothing but oil fields and industries east of Houston, but there are some very nice homes/neighborhoods in that area with a growing population.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:51 PM
 
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Houston's eastern suburbs are very industrialized. Many people who haven't visited Houston, believe there is nothing but oil fields and industries east of Houston, but there are some very nice homes/neighborhoods in that area with a growing population.
What are some names of these communities in that area?
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:07 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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The Louisville KY suburb of Shively is a pretty quaint area of single family homes built in the 1950s surrounded on all sides by the state's largest industrial complexes. Just to the west is the world's largest rubber factory, just to the east is where most Frito Lay potato chips are made, light industry is located to its north and south.

This is a photo I took of the road the separates Shively from Louisville. Once home to several large distilleries, it is now very run down looking and lined with strip clubs



This is the large rubber factory just west of Shivley

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Old 01-22-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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Many communities in the West Valley (Buckeye, El Mirage, Youngtown, Avondale) and far East Valley (Mesa and Apache Junction) of the Phoenix metro area are blue-collar. Unfortunately, these suburbs are often stigmatized by some people in Phoenix and Scottsdale as housing an abundance of meth addicts, illegal immigrants, and trailer trash. These communities are generally lower income, but there are many hardworking people who work in agriculture and other minimum wage jobs.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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Secaucus, NJ (mid sized town)
Bayonne, NJ (big town)
Elizabeth And Linden, NJ Area (mostly this area)
Carlstadt, NJ (little town)
South Hackensack, NJ (little town)

Industrial galore
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:03 PM
 
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I should have added in my area we have a Western suburb in Solvay that is known for having a high Italian population(at around 41% of the people claim that ancestry) and had an chemical plant and still has a paperboard plant and a steel plant. We also have East Syracuse, which once had the biggest rail yard in the country, but that has been reduced quite a bit. It has a chemical plant, a car plant and had a Carrier Air Conditioner plantin the area. Both have their share of renters and are stigmatized as being bummy, but still have some really nice neighborhoods.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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Gates NY (inner ring suburb of Rochester)
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:33 PM
 
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Gates NY (inner ring suburb of Rochester)
what about East Rochester?
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